Margaret Drabble's new memoir, The pattern in the Carpet , has just been published.
Power transfers in a state capital generally follow a pattern.
Our communication is locked into a pattern that feels social and conscious, but is mostly neurological.
What stands out is a positive willpower and drive seen in the strong, upward-slanting ‘t’ bars (as in “pattern”).
A pattern that would be beautiful on a bedspread fabric, but here tells a story of loss so heartbreaking we can barely look.
To make a pattern of this kind is not such an easy matter as it looks.
That copy and pattern will be laid to your heart and transferred there.
The pattern may now be tried on the head for any necessary alterations.
The sheets—I've seen the pattern—they are of cambric—spider-web.
He went out into the clearing and began to lay them out in a pattern.
early 14c., "outline, plan, model, pattern;" early 15c. as "model of behavior, exemplar," from Old French patron and directly from Medieval Latin patronus (see patron).
Extended sense of "decorative design" first recorded 1580s, from earlier sense of a "patron" as a model to be imitated. The difference in form and sense between patron and pattern wasn't firm till 1700s. Meaning "model or design in dressmaking" (especially one of paper) is first recorded 1792, in Jane Austen.
1580s, "to make a pattern for, design, plan," from pattern (n.). Meaning "to make something after a pattern" is c.1600. Phrase pattern after "take as a model" is from 1878.